Week 2 has passed, and with it, the GOATS meta has become firmly entrenched. It also showed that any team could beat any other team, with a few exceptions so far. Some teams have played four games while others only two, but here is my best approximation of where the teams stand so far.
1. New York Excelsior
After two weeks of this season, New York has players that can work for any meta. We haven’t gotten to see Pine, Saebyeolbe or Fl0w3r yet, and when the meta shift favors them again, I’m sure they’ll still be top-notch.
2. Vancouver Titans
Bumper and Jjanu are one of the most in-sync tank duos in the league. The Titan’s victories over San Francisco and Guangzhou can be attributed solely to their playmaking.
3. Paris Eternal
As long as GOATS is in the meta, Paris will continue to be one of the best. But they finally showed their ability to flex onto other heroes. But I think they have Kruise to thank most for his clutch sound barriers. When the meta finally switches away from GOATS, I think Paris will be just fine.
4. Atlanta Reign
Atlanta running Bastion, Junkrat, and Mei on Horizon is the kind of strategies that are fun to watch, but give me flashbacks of competitive nightmares. Nlaaer showed why his Widowmaker is to be feared while we may have a Zenyatta competition between Kodak and Dogman on our hands.
5. Seoul Dynasty
Seoul only played one match, a 4-0 thumping of Chengdu where they expertly adapted to the weird strategies the Hunters employed. And it was nice seeing a Genji-Sombra combination again.
6. Toronto Defiant
Toronto had it rough against Atlanta, who looked like they started to run on all cylinders and weren’t afraid to try anything. But against Los Angeles, Envy put on a stellar showing as D.va and Sombra.
7. Hangzhou Spark
The Spark suffered two losses against Houston and London, where Guxue was nowhere to be found. The strategies become more diverse, but they haven’t worked out how to make them consistently work. And I think Guxue should get more playtime.
8. Chengdu Hunters
Can we all appreciate that Chengdu has been the most fun team to watch so far? Even when they do play a more standard 3-3, Ameng’s Wrecking Ball is out there causing problems to the enemy. We can also put whatever worries we had about Baconjack and Lateyoung’s time off to rest. And how come more pros don’t run Bastion/Torbjorn defenses when they are all over the ladder?
Wrecking ball. @amengowl ball.
9. Philadelphia Fusion
Good for Philadelphia for giving Elk a chance in place of Boombox on Zenyatta. But he either is not comfortable on the role, or Boombox brought other intangibles Elk has not developed yet. It was nice seeing Carpe on Widow again.
10. London Spitfire
London appeared more comfortable on GOATS this week, with Profit on Zarya and Guard on Brigitte. Though they let Washington take a 2-0 lead in their series, showing the Spitfire are not all the way there yet.
11. San Francisco Shock
San Francisco played only one match, against Vancouver. But then, it is obvious what works and does not work on this 12-man roster. I get wanting to give other players like Viol2t and Striker some playtime, but with crucial matches against New York, Paris, and Hangzhou coming up, the Shock need a stable lineup for the time being.
12. Dallas Fuel
Dallas has been a case of extremes this season. Either they soundly 3-1 their opponents, or they get 4-0’ed. You don’t know what kind of performance you’re going to get. At least keep AKM in the lineup, he’s been the most consistent Zarya player.
13. Los Angeles Gladiators
There has to be a lot of frustration going through the Gladiators’ camp right now, as they had a chance of putting the Paris series away. Their schedule coming up isn’t easier with London and Hangzhou coming up this week, two teams who can play this meta better than the Gladiators right now.
14. Guangzhou Charge
The Charge 4-0’ed Dallas and took Vancouver to a game 5. That is significant progress for this team with a lot of promise. I would have put them higher, but Guangzhou needs to improve their ability to close out on Game 5’s.
15. Boston Uprising
The fact that Fusions is still signed to a two-way contract, despite him now a full-time player, is on the organization. What is purely on the team is Kellex making us miss Alemao, Axxiom not fulfilling the main tank role when that is what he was signed for, and Colourhex having such a disastrous debut.
HUGE SHATTER from @AxxiomOW .
16. Los Angeles Valiant
Custa is a much need presence of positivity for the Valiant’s backline, but the schedule has done them no favors. Losing to New York is acceptable, but there should have been more decisive victories against Toronto.
OH. MY. GAWD. #OWL2019
17. Shanghai Dragons
Congratulations Shanghai. You finally won your first series after 42 series and more than a year in OWL. You’re no longer the worst team in the league. All it took was a Boston Uprising having a dysfunctional day and Gamsu out for revenge.
IT HAPPENED!!! #OWL2019
18. Houston Outlaws
Despite their win over Hangzhou, the Outlaws are not in the right place. They played some comfort picks, including Danteh, finally appearing on Tracer, but Houston still looks outclassed no matter what the standard meta is. The clip of Jake slamming his desk while playing New York says it all.
We have a Tracer player this season 😱
19. Florida Mayhem
I thought the 3-3 meta was supposed to outlast everything. How come is can fall apart to a nanoblade and a Reaper? But some props are deserved to showing how flawed Philadelphia can be without Boombox.
20. Washington Justice
I feel bad putting Washington at the bottom since their first two games were against the league’s heavyweights and they showed promise against London. But someone has to be at the bottom, and I’m certain every other team is favored against them.
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